ATLANTIC WATER IN THE LEVANTINE SEA

Atlantic water in the Levantine Sea

Hüseyin Yüce

Seyir Hidrografi ve Oşinografi Dairesi Başkanlığı, 81647, Çubuklu, İstanbul, TURKEY

Abstract

Atlantic water (AW) in the Levantine Sea was investigated based upon Nansen cast data collected from cruises conducted in the region. AW is observed distinctly in the Levantine Sea in summer. Due to the oceanographic and meteorological factors destruction and dissapearance of AW were observed especially in the eastern part of Levantine Sea in winter. Distribution of the AW supports recent hypothesis of general circulation patterns proposed by Özsoy et al. (1989).

Keywords: Atlantic water, Mediterranean Sea, water masses, Levantine Sea, circulation